For The Ancient Druids, The Healing And Magical Properties Of Herbs Were Inseparable From The Larger Cycles Of The Seasons, The Movements Of The Planets, And The Progression Of A Human Life A Druids Herbal Shows The Reader How To Use Herbs When Creating Rituals To Celebrate Festivals And Significant Life Passages Such As Births, House Blessings, Weddings, Funerals, And Naming Ceremonies Drawing On Extensive Research And A Deep Personal Experience With Pagan Traditions, Ellen Evert Hopman Explores The History And Folklore Surrounding The Eight Major Celtic Festivals Samhain, Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lugnasad, And Fall Equinox Included In Each Discussion Are Complete Instructions On The Medicinal And Magical Uses Of The Herbs Associated With Each Celebration Using These Celtic Traditions As Examples, The Author Suggests Ways To Incorporate The Symbolic And Magical Power Of Herbs Into Personal Rituals That Honor All Phases Of Life From Childbirth To Last Rites Also Included Are Chapters On How To Prepare Herbal Tinctures, Salves, And Poultices Herbs Used By The Druids Herbal Alchemy And The Planets And The Relationships Between Herbs And Sacred Places Filled With Practical Information And Imaginative Suggestions For Using Herbs For Healing, Ceremony, And Magic, This Book Is An Indispensable And Comprehensive Guide To Age Old Herbal Practices Greetings If you are looking for a book on herbal healing, this is not your book If you are, however, looking for a book on the historical uses, as well as the spiritual connotations of the herbs that you use, this is the book for you Herbs have become a big part of my rituals since I read this book several years ago I kept it in my library, even when I was selling most of my other books so that I could continue to eat I recommend it to anyone interested in Druidry, or herbal lore.
Within the pages of this book s beautiful exterior lies much information for pagans, heathens, druids who are interrested in the use of herbs This also has an overview of Ogham, the tree alphabet.
Starting with Samhain, the Celtic New year, this book explains the herbs which are used at the great tides of the year along with the traditional practices of each of the yearly tides It has ideas for acorn and oak cakes as gifts, along with a song, for the tree spirits at Samhain For Yule Tide it gives suggestions on use of Holly, Chamomile, Frankenscence, and other yule herbs And it does the same for Imbolic, The Spring, Summer and Fall equinoxes, Beltane, Lammas Medicinal uses are also included.
After that, there is a section on herbs and thier uses And then a section on the herbs associated with The Sun, Mercury, and the rest of the celestial astrology and how to use them, and ritual ideas for them as well.
Following that is a section of use of herbs in rituals for cleansing, gifting to spirits, groves and circles ect There are also sections on life tides of death, marriage handfasting, childbirth and Throughout the book there is information about the druids and thier traditions.
At the back there are apendixes for pronunciation, herb index so you can find the specific herb you are looking for, and suggested further reading There is also a listing of resources from which you can find supplies.
All in all a thorough refrence and guide to using herbs in ritual There aren t any of the colorfull pictures common in most herbal refrences specifically for medicinal herbs, and I still think you would need additional herbal books specifically about medicinal properties and preperation to learn to identify plants and how to prepare them Penelope Ody has some good ones I think this is an excellent addition to any pagan herbalist s library.
Wow Whether you are a witch, an herbalist, a druid enthusiast, or just an interested party, this book is incredibly thorough, interesting, and informative It thoroughly explains the origins, uses both medical and magical , and preparations of many herbs Unlike many other herbals, this book freely discusses poisonous and intoxicating herbs, which is a blessing to those using herbs in magical work It also covers the preparations and uses of tinctures, salves, poultices, teas, and other remedies On top of all of this, you get a glimpse of the Druidic culture I highly recommend this book.